High-Waisted Tailoring feat. Jared Acquaro

May 22nd, 2015

I love finding new bloggers who appreciate classic tailoring and develop their own perspective on modern menswear. Aussie Jared Acquaro, author of A Poor Man’s Millions, is inspiration young guys down under to find their inner gentleman by showing them just how cool tailoring can be.

My favorite part about his style, other than his rock & roll tattoos, is his attention to detail when it comes to classic menswear. His proportions, color palettes, pattern-mixingaccessories, and my favorite part; high-waisted pleated trousers, are consistently on point.

A grown gentleman’s trousers should sit around the natural waist, just below the naval. For too long the rise has been trending lower and lower, to the point where men’s trousers have begun to sit low on the hips, like jeans. This throws off the proportions of the suit (or jacket/trouser combo) and exposes the low belly which should be covered.

Here Jared gives us a great example of traditional tailoring proportions, along with some smart combinations using essential menswear items.

    Refined Colors

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    I love the subtle use of color here. The chestnut brown hat, the steel blue jacket, the shades of grey, the dark sage green trouser, even the olive socks.

    “I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Victoria, Australia, in an area called Knox. It’s completely different to where I live today on the harbour next to the city of Melbourne. I was in the music scene and touring around Australia with friend’s bands and playing in some too, so my wardrobe was all band tees and jeans back then… That was all I needed at the time to do my job.”

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    • Monkstrap loafers by Loake
    • Hat by Christy’s London
    • Tie Vintage
    • V-Neck Jumper by Jumper by Fred Perry Laurel Wreath
    • Trousers by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Jacket by Oscar Hunt Tailors

    Smart Proportions

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    Notice the proportions of the trousers here, as compared to the shirt and jacket. Jared is only 5’8″, but the high-waist and cropped hemline on this khaki cotton summer suit lengthens his leg line to make him appear taller and leaner.

    “My style evolved when I had time to actually sit back and observe, I was going through a pretty life-changing phase and dabbled with the idea of starting my own record label, but I wanted something different, something more practical and purposeful. I discovered my passion for tailoring whilst living in Frankfurt, Germany. I was watching a lot of runway shows and it really resonated with me; tailoring, it all starts with tailoring. So that’s where I headed.”

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    • Cotton suit by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Tie by Noble Custom
    • Braces Vintage
    • Tassel loafers by Salvatore Ferragamo

    Seasonal Textures

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    It’s currently the winter season down under, and Jared is taking full advantage with this super-versatile micro-check tweed jacket, cashmere glenplaid scarf, merino wool cardigan, and grey flannel trousers (part of a suit). Again, most of the pieces in his wardrobe are versatile menswear staples that can be worn in many different ways – that’s smart wardrobe investing. Also extra points for the brown, grey, burgundy and orange combo.

    “Coming back from Germany, after falling in love with tailoring, I was semi-homeless. No job or money. I got into some retail while I was overseas and used that experience to get into retail down here. I progressed from Converse to Henry Bucks (an Iconic Gentlemen’s store) within 3 years, and was always looking around for ways to improve myself and learn more about menswear and tailoring. These days I work for Oscar Hunt Tailors as the Product Innovation Manager, so there are wardrobe perks.”

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    “The tie is a vintage find with a little personal embroidery. “5” is my lucky number.”

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    • Jacket by Scotch & Soda
    • Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Trousers by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Cardigan by Hallensteins
    • Tie Vintage
    • Scarf by Johnstons of Elgin
    • Umbrella by Pasotti

    Statement Sportcoat

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    Talk about a statement sportcoat, how about a ketchup and mustard double windowpane?! Because the base is a a medium brown, this jacket is probably more versatile than you might think, too. Again, loving the proportions here with the high-waisted trousers and the braces just peeking out. Well played, player.

    “Living in Melbourne there’s never just one ‘style’. It’s all very individual and you see a wide spectrum… I would say my personal style is a blend of classic tailoring with a little in-your-face flair, perhaps a carry-over from my rock band days”

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    • Jacket by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Tie by Hackett
    • Trousers by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Monkstrap loafers by Loake

    Timeless Patterns

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    How about some patterns that have been around for more than a century: windowpane (suit), glenplaid (scarf), paisley (tie). Extra points for modernizing everything with the patch pocket double-breasted jacket and the sleek leather chukka boots.

    Lastly, some advice if you plan on visiting Australia sometime soon: “Pack at least a couple pieces to get you through each of the seasons, just in case. If you have heard about Melbourne’s unpredictable climate, then you’ll know why.”

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    • Custom suit by Hermen Menswear
    • Shirt by Oscar Hunt Tailors
    • Tie by Ascot
    • Scarf by Johnstons of Elgin
    • Leather chukka boots by Loake

    Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Jared for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

    • TJ

      This guy has great style. Ive recently started to wear my trousers higher once I realized that’s how they’re supposed to fit. I don’t wear them as high as he does but I don’t wear them like jeans anymore.

    • http://www.lucidlingo.com.au/ Gazman

      A well dressed dude, for sure. I follow this man’s blog but don’t let it fool you into thinking that men in Australia dress like this. They don’t; not even close. He’d be the exception – and by a massive margin. Men here dress most days like they are heading to the beach. And now with the laid-back casual approach to office attire, even when heading to the pointy end of town they dress like they are going to a mate’s BBQ. By the way, I admit I’m surprised he’s short. Looking at the pics you wouldn’t think so, but then most of the photos have been shot from a low to high angle so are deceptive. High waist pants were a feature of the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, Her.

    • http://ledebonnaire.tumblr.com/ Juan Zara

      Awesome! I’ve been advocating the return of proper-rise trousers for a while now, and this gentleman shows exactly why they work and have worked for decades.

      The band of the trousers almost intersects with the middle button of the jacket, and this creates a clean front that remains closed even though the jackets are cut aggressively and have open quarters.
      The slightly longer jacket is also a breath of fresh air in a world where the hems have been getting shorter and shorter every year. Really great fit overall!

      My favorite looks are the ones with the grey trousers, as they’re what I wear most often. Flannel in the fall/winter, tropical worsted or cotton in the spring/summer.

      Great profile, AoS!

    • Don Draper

      Love all outifts, the high waisted trouser is the best fit in my opinion. The scarf draped that way over that double breasted windowpane suit is just too bossy!

      Only thing I would do different is the red striped shirt with the statement sportcoat. The pattern of the sportcoat is too lively to wear with another pattern, a plain shirt would fit much better, because this way your eyes would be drawn to the face instead of the distracting mixture of patterns.

    • Monco

      “Jared is only 5’8″, but the high-waist and cropped hemline on this khaki cotton summer suit lengthens his leg line to make him appear taller and leaner.” Well I don’t agree with this statement. He appears taller and leaner cause of the angle in which he is being photographed. Cropped hemline makes a 5’8 guy appear shorter. I say this from my personal experience cause I am myself of the same height.

    • http://Keyboardandcompass.com/ Jeff McAllister

      I really loved the colour-play in may of these outfits. Particularly how Jared is able to squeeze a lot into a single look while never appearing too ‘loud’

      As a side note, I recently moved from Vancouver to Melbourne and I haven’t found the weather all that bad. Sure it’s dynamic compared to the rest of the country, but really not that crazy compared to the PNW. I’ve yet to break out a winter jacket for instance. And although there are plenty of showers, they’re often high-ceilinged and short.

      • http://www.apoormansmillions.com A Poor Mans Millions

        Vancouver’s weather would definitely be colder, but wait for it. You’ll experience the four seasons in one day ;)

    • http://www.apoormansmillions.com A Poor Mans Millions

      Thank you Gents, for being so kind! I know not everyone will like my style, but that’s what “style ” is all about! ;)

    • TO

      I have the same tassel loafers! One of my best deal vintage finds. I love that this gent opts for a little more drape, a little longer jacket and a higher waist than the “average” stylist/blogger/’modern’ dresser these days. Really highlights the benefits in these mature and almost ‘powerful’ looks featured here. He looks great and has really found a silhouette that works very well for him!

      The self embroidery on the tie is a sweet personal touch a la Lino (I believe his name is).

    • PeterK1

      Nice outfits. I do think the sport coat in the Seasonal Textures is to small. There seems to be a lot of strain at the button when it’s closed.

      • Daniel

        It’s hard to say whether the sport coat is too small – his hand is in the coat pocket, and his scarf underneath the coat doesn’t help with the strain.

    • AdamE

      All of the looks are on point, but that Windowpane DB Suit in the last one is killer!

    • Eric

      It also, in my opinion, cuts an extremely masculine silhouette if a man is in good shape (relatively substantial chest to waist ratio). Add in the fact that it is much more comfortable, and I would say it’s a winner!

      Will never be a fan of such severely cropped trousers though.

    • LarsBrown.

      Love all of these looks, particularly the trousers in the first.
      For me, I wouldn’t wear black shoes with the second look, given the overall palette of the outfit. Each to their own!

    • Miguel

      Excellent profile, love his outfits, how everything fits and not over tight, well put together.

      I’m also 5’8, so I’ll be taking some tips right here.

    • Esosa

      THIS. IS. EPIC!!

      • Timothy Kiah

        Truly Epic. I love his style as well. Very individual.

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